First Day of School Poems

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I’m up super-early today. Not because I live a gagillion miles from school, but because I’m so excited to meet my new class. Hence, in order to curb my nervous energy, I went… Continue reading

Taking the day off from setting up

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I’m finished with my classroom physically (minus the library). Hence, I’m taking the day to stay at home, clean up my study, fold my sweaters in the closet, get my nails done, go… Continue reading

Writing Center

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My Classroom’s Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal In the six-plus hours that I spent in my classroom today, I spent at least an hour tweaking the way the Writing Center looked. I… Continue reading

Strategy Lesson and Conferring Coffee Table Area

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Small Group Work Space or Coffee Clutch? Originally uploaded by teachergal When I moved from New York City to Rhode Island I brought some furniture with me that I knew I’d no longer… Continue reading

Bio Poems: A great way to introduce yourself

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I decided to have my students write Bio Poems on the first day of school this year in order to help them introduce themselves to me and vice versa. Like a “Where I’m… Continue reading

Meeting Area: A Place to Deliver Minilessons

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Last week I had the pleasure of going back to NYC to visit Christina L. Rodriguez, my former student teacher who took over my classroom after I moved to Rhode Island. She’s going… Continue reading

Twin Bubbles: Poetry Friday

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As I was recopying some poems into my master writer’s notebook, I came across this one, which I wrote alongside my students after doing some close observations of bubbles. TWIN BUBBLES An original… Continue reading

New York State of Mind: The Last Poetry Thursday

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Today’s the last ever Poetry Thursday. 😦 I just returned from spending a few whirlwind days in New York City (New Jersey and Connecticut too). I packed up the last boxes and said… Continue reading

get a giggle out of this.

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You absolutely must take two minutes and click over to Christi Overman’s blog, Chocolate for Teachers, and read about her very first sharing session of her teaching career. I think I’ll be giggling… Continue reading

power of place.

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Today in a fourth grade classroom, the teacher let me experiment (play) a bit. We focused on places for our notebook entries. After all of the wn entries Stacey & I have posted… Continue reading

more on generating writing ideas.

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Like Stacey, I think it’s imperative that kids have lists in their notebooks about writing ideas.  I think one of the most powerful lessons we can give students in regards to finding writing ideas… Continue reading

They can never say that they don’t know what to write about anymore!

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Sample List Originally uploaded by teachergal Encourage your students to keep a list of things they can write about in their writer’s notebooks (an idea I took from The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching… Continue reading

Take a new teacher by the hand and PAY IT FORWARD!

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Pay it forward! It wasn’t just a movie and it’s not just an expression in my world. Those three little words are ones I try to live by at work, on the open… Continue reading

writer’s notebook decorations.

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Just wanted to let you know Z-Scrap has all K & Company products on sale right now (as well as other goodies).  Here’s a link to all of Z-Scrap’s sale items.  I’ve ordered… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: my fav things about (you name the place).

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Following Stacey’s lead, here’s my list — Favorite Things About Indiana Wide open spaces that allow for my mind to wander during late afternoon/early evening walks. My family is close in proximity. Indiana Hoosier… Continue reading

Drumroll please…

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I took Cliff and Jen’s advice and turned my time (after I recopied a bunch of poems though) into something productive for my students. I bought the Moleskine Cahiers at a Barnes &… Continue reading

Scanning, Cutting & Pasting, or Rewriting?

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I’ve come to realize that this whole “I’m going to recopy all of my writer’s notebooks into one” thing has become exceedingly tedious. I found another old Miquelruis Notebook yesterday and realized I… Continue reading

WN Entry: Making A List

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I got inspired by Reflections from the Rockies‘ Post entitled “My Favorite Things About Colorado So Far.” Since a good deal of my students’ first couple weeks of Writing Workshos will revolve around… Continue reading

Steppin’ It Up: Real Writer’s Notebooks

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No longer will my students be using composition notebooks or spiral-spined notebooks with perforated edges in Writing Workshop this year. I’m making a move and providing them with REAL writer’s notebooks (read: Moleskine… Continue reading

the balance of teaching writing.

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Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in different teaching directions — conventions and craft and process?  Do you sometimes feel guilty when you’re teaching about craft that you should be teaching… Continue reading